Current Season and Annual Productions

2017 Performance Season

Scene from Circus Luminous.

CircAspire 2017

The Ups and Downs: A Recipe for Stardust Soup! April 28th, 29th, and 30th at Wise Fool Studio & Performance Space

Featuring pre-professional adults and youth in this circus for all ages!

Directed by Amy Christian and Sarah Jane Moody


BUST! 2017 Performance

June 30th & July 1st, at Wise Fool Studio & Performance Space

After six weeks of intensive workshops, BUST! participants share their courage and new skills in aerials, stilts, partner acrobatics, clowning, and more!


Summer Cabaret

August 25th & 26th. New for 2017 is our first annual summer cabaret! Students and teachers, youth and youthful, all come together to strut their stuff  in this new circus show. More information coming soon!


Circus Luminous

November 24th at 7pm, 25th at 2pm and 7pm, & 26th at 4pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

An annual Thanksgiving tradition - this extravaganza of contemporary professional circus features awe-inspiring feats of grace and wonder set to original live music!


Holiday Circus Cabaret

Last weekend in December, exact dates/times TBA, at Wise Fool Studio & Performance Space

Come one, come all! Join Wise Fool teachers, students, and community members as they wrap up the year circus style with fun for the whole family!


Annual Productions


Scene from CircAspire 2016.

The annual CircAspire performance unites pre-professional adults and youth in a world that combines clowns, aerialists, acrobats and more that will ignite the imagination and awaken the senses to a world in which anything is possible. Auditions are held in the beginning of the year.


Bust photo

The culmination of our annual BUST! six-week circus intensive for self-identified women and gender-non conforming people, this physical theater production will blow you away with courage, bravery, teamwork, and astounding skill. Featuring trapeze, aerial fabrics, stiltwalking, acrobalance, clown, movement, theatre and more! 

Circus Luminous

luminous moon

A collaboration between Wise Fool New Mexico and the Lensic Performing Arts Center, Circus Luminous is an annual "new circus" extravaganza featuring breath-defying circus acts created and performed by a predominantly local circus, dance and musical cast. Circus Luminous has become a Santa Fe family tradition for Thanksgiving Weekend, playing to sold out audiences at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center each year since 2003.

Holiday Cabaret

Photo by Gabriella Marks

With out-of-town guests, endless holiday-related to-do lists, the kids on break from school, and winter weather doldrums, the last weeks of the year can be pretty challenging!

Wise Fool fights this year-end funk with the joy and cheer of our annual Holiday Cabaret. This event, which consistently sells out, showcases a wide range of local talent including cast members of Circus Luminous and Wise Fool students. A year-end benefit for our community studio, performers donate their time so that all ticket sales go to the organization. It's a win-win, and a lot of fun!

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